Faculty Position in Science Studies at Michigan State University

Lyman Briggs College (LBC) at Michigan State University (MSU)

Job Type: Faculty, Non-Tenured

Application Deadline: January 4, 2017

Lyman Briggs College (LBC) at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for a faculty position in the Academic Specialist Appointment System to join the college’s History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science (HPS) Group in August of 2017. Academic specialists will start with a three-year probationary appointment that has the potential, after successful reappointment, to become a long-term position. The successful candidate will teach a total of five courses during the academic year which address one or more of the following topics from the perspective of the social sciences: science in a global context; sex, gender, and sexuality in science and medicine; the natural environment; medicine and health care; and science, culture, and ethics.

Candidates must be committed to undergraduate teaching and should have their Ph.D. in hand by August 15, 2017 with training in an academic field that prepares them to teach HPS classes with an emphasis on work in the social sciences. Expertise in nonwestern science, writing pedagogy, or diversity and inclusion in science would be especially welcomed. The successful candidate will have evidence of teaching experience. A flexible and scholarly approach to teaching students and mentoring students is essential. The ideal candidate will be able to work with and encourage a diverse student body. This position offers exciting opportunities for individuals interested in teaching in a liberal-arts college with all of the resources of a large Big Ten research university.

Founded in 1967, LBC is a vibrant residential college at MSU that focuses on the study of science and its social impacts. Bridging the two cultures of the sciences and the humanities, the LBC curriculum integrates natural sciences and mathematics courses with courses in the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. Nearly all of the students in LBC major in the natural sciences; about 60% are women; nearly 20% are students of color; about 20% of LBC students also belong to MSU’s Honors College. The college’s faculty, staff, and students promote inclusion through a range of initiatives and have won awards for diversity and inclusion in their instruction and research. Faculty work closely with students in small classes and with student groups such as Women in Science and the Briggs Multicultural Alliance. We welcome applications from strong candidates who can enhance and complement the intellectual and cultural diversity of the LBC faculty.

Academic Specialists in LBC teach five low-enrollment courses over the two-semester academic year, including two or three sections of the first-year introduction to the history, philosophy, and sociology of science and two or three upper-level courses. They also will be expected to contribute professional service to the college, including membership on LBC committees. For details see the MSU Faculty Handbook http://www.hr.msu.edu/documents/facacadhandbooks/academicspecialist/ASH_Appen dixA.htm). Reappointment and continuing appointment decisions are based on performance reviews that include peer and student teaching evaluations.

This position is listed on the MSU Applicant Page, Posting # 4241. Applications must be uploaded to MSU’s online job application site (https://jobs.msu.edu). A complete application will include a c.v., teaching portfolio, and a cover letter that outlines the candidate’s expertise as it pertains teaching in the college as well as the pedagogical approaches the candidate employs. For details on teaching portfolios see www.lymanbriggs.msu.edu/faculty/openPositions.cfm. In addition, three letters of recommendation addressing the candidate’s teaching experience and expertise must be sent electronically by the recommenders through the application system.

The deadline to ensure full consideration of applications is January 4th, 2017 and review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Richard Bellon, at bellonr@msu.edu or at Lyman Briggs College, 919 E. Shaw Lane Room E-35, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 48825-1107.

LBC cultivates a vibrant, multi-disciplinary community that is diverse along many dimensions, including race and ethnicity; gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression; ability status; and creed or ideology. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Posted: October 26, 2016